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DEMORESET

PHASE 1

BE PART OF THIS GLOBAL NETWORK: DEMO.RESET.

FORMED BY PRACTITIONERS OF DELIBERATIVE DEMOCRACY

This phase has contributed to enabling the exchange among practitioners in the Global South, having first contacts. 

The project created groups and exchange sessions at diverse schedules that were convenient for all practitioners.  Participants had the opportunity to share, make questions and strengthen their projects in rigorously designed spaces. Diverse initiatives have met to exchange their experiences, best practices, learnings, methodologies, and strategies.

ACTIVITY ONE

FOCUS GROUPS

GOAL

To identify and understand deeply and carefully what are the interests and barriers of practitioners in the field of deliberative democracy in the Global South, through ten focus groups.

ANALYSIS

10 initiatives related to the quality and inclusiveness of young people and women empowerment.

5 initiatives that combat climate change from alternative, local, solidarity-based and agro-ecological perspectives.

6 initiatives defending human rights, including civic rights

A region interested in deepening the processes of participation, especially of young people and in climate change issues. climate change

18 initiatives related to citizen participation for the quality and inclusiveness of the participation processes of young people and women. 

5 initiatives defending human rights and digital and civic rights.

4 initiatives focused on conflict stabilization and peace-building.

2 initiatives focused on defending rural populations’ rights.

4 initiatives related to civic rights, and religious rights, two of them focused on advocacy from civil society and the other two initiatives on citizen training to improve the quality of participation.

2 initiatives focused on the defense of the rights of rural populations, construction of just climate transitions, agroecology, and food sovereignty

2 initiatives in quality of participation.

2 initiatives in climate change and biodiversity conservation.

Disco- veries

The participating organizations stated that they encountered certain barriers to their deliberation processes, such as:

Correspond strictly to the social, environmental, political, security and/or economic environment that may have hindered or determined the development of an initiative.

Those faced by the organization in terms of available internal resources, whether economic, technical, technological or human.

They are understood as those boundaries and biases that limited the type of population that participated in the initiative, ranging from accessibility, dissemination formats, language, logistics, etc. They are restricted only at the moment of defining and channeling the participating population.

These are those that condition the right to organize and dialogue, deliberate and influence the management of a public interest. They emphatically address the inclusion of actors, contexts, interests and objectives.

Among the deliberative processes, it is recognized as the most difficult moment, since the decision-making exercise requires prioritizing and/or discarding arguments and exposed needs, so these barriers address issues of coherence, inclusiveness, controversy closure, among others.

Correspond to the management, systematization, analysis and processing of information or collective knowledge of the deliberation process and the communication of results.

MODALITY

virtual 100%

ACTIVITY TWO

EXPERIENCE EXCHANGE MODEL

GOAL

Facilitate the circulation of knowledge about deliberative processes in the Global South.

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EXCHANGE OF EXPERIENCES SESSIONS

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SPEAKERS PER SESSION

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PEOPLE APPROXIMATELY CONNECTED PER SESSION

sessions

Design for deliberative democracy

Replicability over time and in other spaces implies an important effort to adequately train trainers and, at the same time, generate informative and educational brochures and documents on the step-by-step deliberation process.

Methods and tools for decision making beyond voting.

The organization of successful elections is considered a sign of democratic vitality. However, in many countries, especially in Africa, voting has its limits and elections are costly in terms of human lives and lead to various forms of violence. There are several ways, outside of elections, in which the people can influence a decision or repeal a law. Some examples are civil disobedience, hunger strikes and peaceful protest marches.

Inclusive outreach for deliberative democracy processes

The organization of successful elections is considered a sign of democratic vitality. However, in many countries, especially in Africa, voting has its limits and elections are costly in terms of human lives and lead to various forms of violence. There are several ways, outside of elections, in which the people can influence a decision or repeal a law. Some examples are civil disobedience, hunger strikes and peaceful protest marches.

Communication for public engagement in deliberative democracy deliberative democracy

A well-developed communication strategy is of great importance for all organizations working in public participation. organizations working in public participation. In this sharing session, many effective many effective communication strategies that can guide organizations in their public participation processes. organizations in their public participation processes.

Deliberation from the south: practices and mechanisms.

In citizen participation spaces, the organizations in charge must focus on strengthening communication, socializing and informing participants prior to the meetings to generate greater interest in participation, but also during and after the meetings, continuing to show the impacts they have achieved for the possibility of replicability.

MODALITY

virtual 100%

activity three

demo.talks

goal

Transfer best practices from practitioners to practitioners in depth. Master classes will take the best of deliberative experiences and teach methodologies, strategies and models to other practitioners from the global south.

metho- dology

This methodology is designed for you to learn and/or strengthen your knowledge, it will be open on our demoreset.org platform. In July stay tuned watch out for our first Demo.Talks.

Demo.Talks

Introduction to deliberative democracy.

Andre Noel Roth.

Level of depth: Introductory.

2. Barriers to deliberative democracy I – Structural factors, Paulina Ibarra.

3. Barriers to deliberative democracy II – Functional factors: design and implementation, between expectations and frustrations, Susan Lee.

4. Principles of deliberative democracy I – Who participates? inclusion by civic lottery, Yago Bermejo.

Susan Lee

Susan is a student and democracy practitioner from Seoul, South Korea. In 2020, she co-founded the World Citizens’ Assembly, a prototype for a global citizen’s assembly based on iterative pilot testing, with Yago Bermejo Abati. In 2021, Deliberativa began co-incubating the Global Assembly, the first sortition-selected global citizens’ assembly in the lead-up to COP26. Deliberativa coordinated the delivery of pilot tests on multilingual virtual deliberation to inform the final Assembly design. As part of the Implementation Circle, Susan supported the recruitment and management of 100+ global partners to implement a decentralized sortition and train local hosts of Assembly participants. In the fall of 2021, she co-designed and implemented the deliberative process and output consolidation methodology. Susan has been the main spokesperson for the GA since the project launched; you can see some of Susan’s media work here and here. Susan is interested in imagining participative models of global governance, decolonizing deliberative democracy, and placing youth at the front of the deliberative wave.

Maria Paulina Ibarra

Executive Director of Fundación Multitudes, a non-profit organization based in Chile. She has global experience in transparency, citizen participation and accountability, having worked with organizations such as Open Government Partnership and the World Bank. She holds a BA in Communication from Marymount University, and an MA in Communication from Georgetown University.

Andre Noel Roth

He is a Political Scientist (1990), Master in Political Science (1994) and Doctor in Economic and Social Sciences, mention in Political Science (1999) from the Université de Genève-Switzerland. He has been professor of public policy analysis in Switzerland and in several universities in Colombia and Latin America. Since 2006, he is a Research Professor (currently tenured) attached to the Department of Political Science of the Faculty of Law, Political and Social Sciences (FDCPyS) of the National University of Colombia, Bogotá. He has held the positions of Coordinator of the Doctorate in Political Studies and International Relations, Director of the journal Ciencia Política, Director of the Instituto de Investigación Socio-jurídica UNIJUS and Vice-Dean of Research and Extension of the FDCPyS. He is also Director of the Research Group “Analysis of Public Policies and Public Management”. Public Policy and Public Management Analysis” (APPGP) (category B Colciencias 2021), Coordinator of the Innovation in Governance Innovation in Governance Laboratory (GobLab) of the FDCPyS, Co-coordinator of the group Comparative Public Policy group of ALACIP and Co-editor of the journal Mundos Plurales (FLACSO-Ecuador). Ecuador). He has published several books and dozens of chapters and articles on public policy and administration. administration.